Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens

DSCN3881Harlow Museum is an oasis of tranquility, a research centre, a family day out and much more besides. Come and discover one of the best kept secrets in Essex!

For activities and programmes currently running at Harlow Museum, please see our What’s On section – click here!

A historic location

The Museum is located in the former Mark Hall stables, linked with the Mark Hall Manor House – visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth 1 and her retinue. It is surrounded by the beautiful Walled Gardens which were originally the kitchen gardens for the great house and the famous families which lived there.


Our four main Galleries tell the story of Harlow over four periods: from recent times and the story of how modern Harlow was designed and built, through the Victorians, Stuart and Tudor times, reaching back through the middle ages to the remarkable Roman finds in the local area. Our new Living History Gallery shows how we explore and explain history through archeology, conservation work, displays and exhibitions. Gallery 5 is used for temporary exhibitions

Spring 2015: Colours of Country. This unusual display combines abstract art by Ken Pammen, alongside a collection of extraordinary evidence of the Great War and its impact on ordinary people.

Lectures and talks, research and reference library

The Museum offers a great programme of talks and lectures for history enthusiasts: click here tosee the Friends of Harlow Museum programme.

Family friendly, with teas and coffees and a great atmosphere

Harlow Museum is a great place to spend a contented and enjoyable morning or afternoon – you can always bring a picnic and we can offer simple refreshments at excellent prices Parking is easy on site and we have accessible entrances all on one level.

For children, there is always something to do: our Time Detectives workshops on Saturdays are great fun and our new yh group offers special opportunities to explore history for the next generation of archeologists and researchers!

Where can I find out more?

Use the Visitor Info tab above or call us on 01279 454959 for information on opening hours and how to find the Museum.

Memory Lane….

Click here to look at a delightful clip of Harlow memories on film on YouTube – with thanks to Susan Crawford for pointing it out to us….

Photos of Harlow Old and New

This Facebook group of local people has compiled a wonderful collection of images from around Harlow and is really worth a visit.

Click here to visit and enjoy the nostalgia!